Varkala: Beach Resort of Kerala
Perched beautifully along the brink of wild cliffs, Varkala Tourism lets you explore the lovely beach resort on the outskirts of Trivandrum. People who wish to refrain from the crowd of Kovalam can come down to the pristine beaches of Varkala and soak in the tranquillity of the place. During the ancient period, Varkala flourished and became an important trading port under Sangha Dynasty. With the British administration, it became an important port for Europe. Before 1947, Varkala belonged to the state of Travancore, but in 1956 when Kerala was formed, it became a part of it.
The Anjeno Fort in Varkala is a must-visit spot. It was built by Dutch East India Company and in 17th century, it played an important role in their military strategy and protected their position in the state. Next is Sivagiri Mutt, an ashram devoted to Sree Narayana Guru, who preached against discrimination and propagated the idea of 'one caste, one religion, one God for humanity'. Janadharna Swamy Temple in Varkala is a famous temple in the region dedicated to Lord Vishnu. The temple is venerated by thousands of pilgrims every year to offer prayers to the presiding deity. Also the fact that the temple is over 2000 years old arouses interest in the tourists to view the place and witness its quaintness. In a nutshell, Varkala Tourism bestows an enriched journey into the historic past of South India.recommended tours